Vail Daily column: 24-hour champions |

Vail Daily column: 24-hour champions

Now I am not typically a huge fan of television shows. Maybe I should say it differently — my preference has always been to read when I have downtime, or write, or just take some quiet time instead of watching TV. And I would say that for most of my adult life that has been consistent.

Of course there are the exceptions to the rule such as the Weather Channel, where Jim Cantore has been bringing great stories and keeps us hanging on the edge of our seats with his live action shots for so many years. Then there is the Discovery Channel, and really what is better than Shark Week? And I love local news broadcasts and catching up on everything that is happening locally and around the world. Lastly, I enjoy having baseball on in the background as I read or write. I love the game and will watch or listen to almost any game that may be on.

This past year, I have been introduced to a few actual “programs” such as “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife” and “24.” For this column, I wanted to focus on the last one, “24.” If you are familiar with the premise, you understand that every show for the entire season happens one hour at a time. Meaning it can start at 4 p.m. and every event that takes place during that show will be completed by 5 p.m. Each episode, tons of action and loaded with drama, all takes place each week within 60 minutes.

So as I watched the most recent intense, action packed and drama filled one hour of Jack Bauer’s life on “24,” I was caught up in thinking about a program based on a philosophy that Zig Ziglar used to promote and embody himself, the idea of being a 24-hour champion.


So what does that mean? Zig would remind us that we are not just eight to 10 hour per day employees or business people; we are moms and dads, we are community volunteers, we are part of groups and associations, and we have our circles of friends. So it’s not just about what we do to earn a living or support our family, it’s about who we are in each hour of each 24 hour day we are blessed enough to spend here on earth.

How do we do this? We have to focus on our self-confidence and healthy self-image; we have to maintain a positive attitude; we have to build and develop relationships at home and at work; we have to set goals and pursue those goals; and we have to live with hope.

Now back to why this resonated with me during a recent viewing of a television program. The concept in the show “24” is that we see everything that is going on in a window of 60 minutes. So I thought about if someone was viewing my efforts, actions, words and, yes, even drama, would they see someone who is caught up in the moment or would they see someone who is maximizing each minute of each hour to work on mind, body and spirit? As much as we believe we are not in control of our time or maybe even question our control over our own future, it really is in our grasps to live the life we want to live. When we live as 24-hour champions we are truly set up and empowered to succeed.

Becoming a 24-hour champion does not mean we are awake for 24 hours, what it means is that we stay well rested, work hard, play hard, volunteer when and where we can, laugh hard, learn hard and love even harder than everything mentioned above. We, not anyone else, alone are responsible for how we see ourselves and attempt to live up to becoming a 24-hour champion based on how we treat our minds, our bodies and our spirits.

I would love to know more about your own 24-hour champion efforts, and I would love to share more about the concept with you if you would send me an email at When we aspire to be better than good, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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